There are many different theories about why some people consider black cats unlucky. Time and different cultures have treated black cats as everything from a goddess to a witch’s familiar, capable of rewarding those who adored them or cursing those who mistreated them. Some people will alter the direction they are traveling simply to avoid a black cat “crossing their path.” Famous black cats sometimes perpetuate those superstitions such as Salem on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” or Binx on “Hocus Pocus” when, in fact, black cats have great personalities. Usually mixed with the Bombay breed, the black cat is often intelligent, playful, dog-like, and lovable, even to the point of being a “Velcro cat,” following its owner everywhere. The sad destiny of black cats is that they often are the last to be adopted and left in shelters. Because of outdated beliefs, we recommend keeping all cats inside on Halloween. Even though untrue, an uninformed person might associate your beloved pet with superstition, black magic, or rituals. Please keep your cat safely inside and, next time you are ready to adopt, consider a black cat!